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TDH: 8/16/11
City Council's 105 item agenda for Thursday, Aug. 18, ain't the longest one ever, but it still holds tons of notable items: big time renewable energy purchases, action on paid parking hours Downtown, payday lending regulations and more items from council. And although it isn't listed, that WTP4 stoppage estimate is due too. Highlights below the fold.

2:14PM Tue. Aug. 16, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

It's the Stupid Economy
It's pretty plain to see what Gov. Rick Perry's election platform will be: Texas, the greatest economy since money was invented. Unfortunately for him, those pesky numbers might get in the way.

1:10PM Tue. Aug. 16, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

TDH: 8/15/11
With payday lending regulation and a Water Treatment Plant No. 4 item at City Council’s meeting Thursday, it’s shaping up to be a busy week. And it’s getting busier: This morning, Mayor Lee Leffingwell trumpeted the city’s latest open space acquisition. Plus: tunneling and excavation news that doesn’t involve WTP4: who knew such a thing was possible?!?

2:52PM Mon. Aug. 15, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Who's on Sixth? Perry
So large chunks of the Texas capitol press corps ran up their air miles yesterday to South Carolina so they could watch Gov. Rick Perry make his well-telegraphed announcement about running for the GOP nomination for president. Meanwhile, he got soundly thrashed in the Iowa Ames Straw Poll – by Congressman Ron Paul.

12:00PM Sun. Aug. 14, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

The Totally Awesome AusChron Newscast Declares
Weeeeee're baaaaaaack! After a Summer hiatus, Wells Dunbar dusts off his council notes, Jordan Smith tries to work out police union pay, and Richard Whittaker discusses some guy called Rick, er, Parry? Am I reading that right?

2:56PM Fri. Aug. 12, 2011, Wells Dunbar, Jordan Smith and Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Reefer Roundup: 8/12/11
Lets get right to it – just because Reefer has been off in la-la-land doesn't mean the news stopped rolling in. So, playing catch-up, we've got news on the feds' new approach to medical marijuana, the nation's new drug strategy, the economics of the drug war, the low-down on Cali's hemp dreams, and the results of a new pot poll.

2:24PM Fri. Aug. 12, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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It's no secret that Austin has been neck deep in a drought throughout the summer. While lack of water is the primary concern for many, county officials are worried about safety as wildfires continue to spark up in hellishly hot central Texas. Yesterday another blaze, this time along Hunter's Bend, engulfed 18 acres of farm land.

2:20PM Fri. Aug. 12, 2011, Mark Wilson Read More | Comment »

TDH: 8/11/11
The lightly-regulated world of payday lending – high interest loans to working class citizens that often prompt unending cycles of debt – is soon to see some local regulation. City Council member Bill Spelman has posted two items on council’s August 18 draft agenda that locally regulate the lassiez-faire industry.

1:22PM Fri. Aug. 12, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

Perry Teases Run Again
So the worst kept secret in national politics is that Gov. Rick Perry wants to overshadow the results in the Ames GOP presidential straw poll by formally declaring on Saturday. However, the teases have become full blown spoiler alerts now that his press guy Mark Miner is telling everyone to set their schedules

4:06PM Thu. Aug. 11, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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